The Slovenia Times

PM Praises Hungary's Economic Policy


He also welcomed announcements by the Hungarian side that certain projects involving the Slovenian minority would be completed soon. Janša congratulated Orban's government on being one of the few in EU to have managed to cut public debt, stabilise the situation at home and launch extensive reforms that should prevent a repeat of the crisis.

The pair praised the good relations between the two countries and promised to further economic cooperation, with Janša stressing Slovenia and Hungary were members of the so called "friends of cohesion" group pushing against cuts in cohesion funds and cuts in the EU budget for 2013-2020 in general.

Janša was happy about announcements from the Hungarian side that some projects important for the Slovenian minority in Hungary would be completed. Orban for instance told the press that the years-long wait of the minority for a road connecting Felsoszölnök and Ketvölgy would end next year.

The two PM's highlighted the need for closer economic ties, especially in investment and in the construction of infrastructural projects and energy networks. Trade between the two countries is increasing despite the crisis and reached EUR 1.5bn last year, they stressed.

Janša also touched on the delayed construction of Emonika, the passenger and commercial development in the centre of Ljubljana, stressing it would bring several thousand new jobs and was much needed by Slovenia and Ljubljana.

He said the government would do all it can for the joint venture, involving Hungarian property developer Trigranit, to materialise. Presently, a procedure is under way to enable state aid for the project, he said, while criticising the refusal of the Ljubljana municipality to reduce the utility fees for Trigranit.

Orban commented by saying that Budapest first needed to get all the information and a clear picture regarding the project, as certain conditions for the project seemed to have been changed. It will then become clearer whether Hungarian involvement in Emonika is needed or wanted at all, he said.

Meanwhile, Orban repeated at the press conference his criticism of those in the EU he says are producing senseless measures aimed at preserving the system built before the crisis.

According to him, the pre-crisis world no longer exists and in Hungary far-reaching reform is being adopted in order to completely reorganise the country's system.

Orban added that everyone in Hungary was aware of the need for reform, which is why there has been no major protests. He said his government had a vision of how to make the economy competitive and adapted to a new future, while also tackling a huge public deficit.

Orban moreover criticised the EU's budget negotiations, saying that the basic principle was each country wanting to secure as much possible for itself. Shared EU goals, such as a balanced development of the bloc that would serve all members, are completely sidetracked.


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